Tuesday, October 17, 2017

El Lago de los Cisnes - Swan Lake

A little girl gets her photo made with 3 of the lead dancers after the performance.
 Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

I snapped this opening shot before the usher told us no photos!
 Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

We were early, so pastry & coffee through that door in the lobby!
  Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

By then there was this long entrance line that ran . . .

. . . all the way outside into second courtyard!
Oh well! Pura Vida!
  Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

We were in "the nosebleed section" up near the top,
 but as they say, "All seats have a good view!"
  Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

Our group of 31 enjoyed themselves near the ceiling!  :-)
 Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

Waiting for bus in courtyard after the performance.
 Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

Saying "Goodbye" after the mostly retiree expats exit bus at church in
Atenas, Costa Rica

SOME EXTRA SHOTS OF THE NATIONAL THEATER

As you enter the gate, on your left stands
 this statue of a flutist and behind her is
 one of Beethoven.
  Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

And to your right is this bust of Chopin.
  Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

Teatro Nacional  -  The National Theater,  1897
 A photo I made on an earlier visit.
 San Jose, Costa Rica








All photos were made on my Samsung Galaxy 5 Cellphone.

To see my "Trip Gallery" on this ballet trip:
 15 October - San Jose Ballet Performance


"It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer."

Shana Lafleur

Monday, October 16, 2017

Zarcero - The TOWN/AREA

Farming Hills Surround Zarcero
 Zarcero, Costa Rica

Farming Hills Surround Zarcero 
 Zarcero, Costa Rica

Farming Hills Surround Zarcero 
 Zarcero, Costa Rica


Church & Central Park Topiaries are in Center of Town
 Zarcero, Costa Rica

They were setting up for a carnival/fiesta this day
 Zarcero, Costa Rica

Repaving Main Street
 Zarcero, Costa Rica


Cogwheel or Assassin Bug (Arilus carinatus)  
 on Steps of the Church 
 If I had a side view, the dotted line on his back 
 would be the top of a half-cogwheel. Cool!
 Zarcero, Costa Rica


This trip was made by public bus for about USD $4 
with some cellphone photos made through bus window.

 "Trip Gallery" now on my gallery site: 12 October - Zarcero

Or if you like the unusual bug above, see my:  Other Insects


And for a sneak preview of tomorrow's post, see my trip gallery: 
Cuban Dancers doing "Swan Lake" in Costa Rica

Coming soon: Visit to Naranjo by next week  
  & in November Villa Blanca Cloud Forest.
From the traveling retiree in Costa Rica!
¡Pura Vida!


“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. 
I travel for travel's sake. 
The great affair is to move.” 



Sunday, October 15, 2017

Zarcero - The CHURCH


Iglesia de San Rafael 
 Zarcero, Costa Rica

Iglesia de San Rafael 
 Zarcero, Costa Rica

Iglesia de San Rafael 
 Zarcero, Costa Rica


Iglesia de San Rafael 
 Zarcero, Costa Rica



Iglesia de San Rafael 
 Zarcero, Costa Rica

Iglesia de San Rafael 
 Zarcero, Costa Rica
Iglesia de San Rafael Carnival Setup
 Zarcero, Costa Rica


 "Trip Gallery" now on my gallery site: 12 October - Zarcero


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Zarcero - The TOPIARIES

First of 3 posts on Zarcero: Topiaries, Church, and Town/Area

The Central Park in this little town is made up of mostly topiaries created over many years.
Here is a double row of arches leading to the main church in Zarcero (see tomorrow's post).
Zarcero, Costa Rica

Dinosaur 
 Zarcero, Costa Rica

Bust of Alberto Lizano Hernández 
 ". . . for your altruism, nobility of your heart and humanitarian spirit ".
 Zarcero, Costa Rica

Elephant 
 Showing park literally in the center of town.
 Zarcero, Costa Rica

Faces 
 Zarcero, Costa Rica

Boyero with 2 Oxen 
 Zarcero, Costa Rica

Bird 
 Zarcero, Costa Rica

Modern Art Head? 
 Zarcero, Costa Rica

This sculpture large enough to walk under. 
  Zarcero, Costa Rica

You Tell Me?!  Bull fighter? 
  Zarcero, Costa Rica

Shapes Reflecting the Surrounding Mountains 
 Zarcero, Costa Rica

The Arches Looking Away from the Church 
 Zarcero, Costa Rica

Chicken? 
 Zarcero, Costa Rica

Welcome to the Park! 
  Zarcero, Costa Rica

Two Guys Greeting? Playing a Game?  
  Zarcero, Costa Rica

To be honest, I was not overly impressed by Zarcero, but glad I finally made a visit. Tomorrow I share photos of the church which inside is especially beautiful, and then the next day the town/area like an alpine village. The surrounding hills and farms are more beautiful than the village but hard to photograph from the winding mountain roads.

I'm also starting my "Trip Gallery" now on my gallery site: 12 October - Zarcero

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The Latest Language/Technology Challenge
I made this visit to Zarcero by bus Thursday, but when I got home to do this post I had no internet. Cable Tica has a limited number of technicians who can speak English and I never got one after many calls over 3 days and finally Saturday morning stumbled through my plea for help in español. She was never able to get it to work through my Wifi router, so we bypassed it for direct internet into the computer. I have a tech scheduled from my favorite computer store for my house on Tuesday to bring a new router (ditching my old one from BestBuy in TN) and starting all over with a new home Wifi. Modern technology is so wonderful when everything works correctly, but frustrating when not! Plus my language problem (I learn too slow!) made it even more difficult to get help for more than a day. But, as usual, it all worked out in time and with the help of a friendly tech who put up with my baby spanish to communicate our way through limited success! And by Tuesday I will be back in the Wifi world! 
¡Pura Vida!


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And a Sunday Ballet . . . 

Tomorrow I travel to San Jose on a van with a small group of gringos to see a Cuban Ballet performance of "Swan Lake." I will hold my report for two more days or after the Zarcero posts are finished. It is a part of the "Cuban Culture Festival" this week and is starred by students from the Cuban National School of Ballet Fernando Alonso (largest in the world) and the Costa Rica Ballet. There's nothing like a little culture in the tropical jungles of Central America!  :-)  But swans are birds, so I guess I'm still bird-watching.  ;-)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Flower on Today's Walk

Unknown Flower seen on Today's Walk Downtown
Atenas, Costa Rica


WORLD CUP
Hope everyone is keeping up with Futbol and noticed that Costa Rica is going to the World Cup in Russia and the U.S. is not! (On that chart only the top 4 teams go.) For Central and North America Costa Rica ranks second only to Mexico. Of course a little country is not expected to go real high in the finals with bigger, richer teams like Brazil, England, Spain, France, etc. But what an honor for Costa Rica! I wear my red, white & blue Costa Rica Futbol shirt with pride on game days!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Bribri Indigenous Creation Story

This was my homework for Spanish Class, so you will have to go to my Spanish Blog and read it in very simple Spanish!  

Monday, October 9, 2017

How & Where are MLB Baseballs Made?

Ever Wonder How and Where MLB Baseballs are made? Watch this fun video:

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Or if that button doesn't work, use this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=ddWRAcbg7Fk


Now those cheap minor league baseballs are made in China by machines, but the good ones for MLB games are made or sewn by hand in the Rawlings Factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica. Yep! That's the
town south of San Jose I traveled to recently by bus to spend 5 days at Rancho Naturalista photographing birds. But I just recently learned that the best baseballs in the world are made there. Its also near the most active volcano in Costa Rica, also named Turrialba.

And What is the Irony of This for Costa Rica? Click and read this interesting article about how the best  baseballs in the world are made in a sports-minded country that does not include baseball as one of its major sports. Oh well. Life is full of ironies! As in most of the world, futbol (the real name for soccer) rules with debatable rankings after that for volleyball, surfing, basketball, and then maybe baseball. Interesting for the country where the best baseballs are made!  :-)

Or read this article about the factory in Turrialba and learn how dangerous sewing can be!

Workers on Lunch Break at Rawlings Baseball Factory
Turrialba, Costa Rica


A bigger irony is that in this NY Times article about The Poor Sewing for Millionaires. 
Or maybe even the biggest irony is that the poor man sewing baseballs a low wages is happier than most of the millionaire ballplayers!  :-)   ¡Pura Vida!

And oh yes, a fun aside for this former Tennessean is that the leather is tanned in Tennessee!  :-)

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I am no longer encouraging people to retire in Costa Rica because I think there are already too many North Americans living here, many trying to "Americanize" or change the charming, slow, relaxed culture of this small, simple, peaceful nation. But since I know some of my readers are considering a move here for retirement or otherwise, I share another positive article from Christopher: 
12 Reasons it is Now Easier than ever to Relocate to Costa Rica.   And though I seriously don't want many more Americans down here, I will gladly advise by friends and readers which starts with advising you to take one of the relocation tours and join the ARCR, Association of Residents of Costa Rica and attend their seminar, which is much better than what International Living offers. Christopher's "Live in Costa Rica Tour" includes the seminar.